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A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Study of Expectancy on Acupuncture Treatment Outcomes in Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)

2014-07-23 21:11:15 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The results of the proposed experiments will directly inform clinicians who treat patients with osteoarthritis of the knee about how to maximize the benefits of acupuncture treatments. And because the experiments specifically asks the question of what is the relation between a patient's expectation of how a treatment will relieve their pain and the outcome of the treatment, the results will potentially inform care givers about all treatments for osteoarthritis and other chronic pain disorders. We hypothesize that acupuncture treatment will produce clinically significant analgesia as indicated by lowered sensory ratings of noxious stimuli and endogenous knee pain.

Study Design

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science

Conditions

Osteoarthritis, Knee

Intervention

Acupuncture

Location

Massachusetts General Hospital
Charlestown
Massachusetts
United States
02129

Status

Recruiting

Source

Massachusetts General Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:11:15-0400

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Noninflammatory degenerative disease of the knee joint consisting of three large categories: conditions that block normal synchronous movement, conditions that produce abnormal pathways of motion, and conditions that cause stress concentration resulting in changes to articular cartilage. (Crenshaw, Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics, 8th ed, p2019)

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